Level 3 T-level Technical Qualification in Accounting

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Course Level

Level 3


2 years full-time


315 hours over 2 years




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Get an industry-recognised qualification equivalent to three A-levels

Clear route to progress into a skilled career or university study

Are you interested in a career as an accountant? Or do you see your future in finance? If you want a qualification that will help you take the first step towards higher education and jobs in these sectors, our T-level Accounting Level 3 course provides the ideal starting point for you to build the skills and knowledge required.

University College Birmingham is one of the first colleges in the UK to offer the new T-level qualification, which combines learning in the classroom with gaining vital ‘on-the-job’ experience.  During our two-year accounting course, you will learn about financial accounting principles, data and analytics, ethics and professional conduct, as well as gaining specialist knowledge about the role of an assistant accountant.

Equivalent to three A-levels, this accounting T-level course will help you boost your employment prospects by gaining extensive experience on a work placement in a real-world environment, supported by experts in our hired@UCB employability team. By completing this industry-recognised qualification, you could progress onto a range of accounting occupations, as well as apprenticeships or higher education.

Find out more about this course and the college by ordering a physical copy of our college prospectus by clicking here.

Why choose this college course?

  • BOOST YOUR SKILLS – Build key skills and knowledge related to accounting and finance, as well as enhancing your English, maths and digital skills
  • WORK PLACEMENT – Get to know the world of work and gain essential industry experience through a work placement
  • PRACTICAL APPLICATION – Boost your practical skills training in our state-of-the-art Financial Trading Suite on campus
  • RECOGNISED QUALIFICATION – Our T-level course has been designed in collaboration with industry to ensure your skills meet employers’ needs and expectations
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Our facilities

Students on our accounting and finance courses at University College Birmingham enjoy a wealth of practical learning opportunities in our cutting-edge Financial Trading Suite on campus.

Course breakdown

Topics you will study:

Year 1

Core Component

  • Fundamentals of financial accounting – an understanding of elementary financial principles, concepts and practices, and how this content links to relevant accounting, bookkeeping and business mathematics requirements
  • Professionalism and ethics – an understanding of professional conduct and responsibilities in the workplace, and ethical dilemmas for the individual, organisation and professional
  • Data-driven innovation and analytics and design thinking – an awareness of key requirements of a data governance framework, and understanding the main contemporary visualisation tools and when they are best used to support decision making

Year 2

Occupational Specialism (Assistant accountant)

You will learn to:

  • Produce and analyse a trial balance
  • Prepare primary financial statements
  • Analyse business performance and present results
  • Provide support to tax and audit functions
  • Prepare computations for payroll

You will also have an individual study programme to help you build the skills and experience you need to progress onto higher education or gain employment.

Entry requirements

Our business lecturers are looking for students who are enthusiastic and passionate about accounting, together with a keen determination to succeed in the accounting and finance sector, so please contact Admissions if you do not have the specific requirements outlined below.

If you are unsure if your qualification is equivalent or if you wish to check if you meet the entry requirements for this course, please call 0121 214 2919, email or use our live chat.

Academic requirements

  • 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) including English Language, or equivalent.
  • GCSE Maths at grade 5.

English and maths

As applicants are required to achieve English and Maths at grade 4 (grade C) prior to entering this course, University College Birmingham will not offer English or Maths alongside this T-level.

Supporting documents required

School applicants will be required to provide a good school report, which must include attendance. This will be assessed in conjunction with your qualifications and application during the confirmation of your place at University College Birmingham.

Applicant criteria

As this is a 2-year study programme, you will need to be aged 16 to 18 to apply for this course.

Currently, T-level courses are only funded for learners who are under the age of 19 at the point of enrolment. However, the government is currently reviewing the T-level pathway for mature learners, which we hope will be available in the future. If you would like to apply for a related course, please consider Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business).


T-level courses require you to complete a minimum of 315 hours (approximately 45 days) on placement over the two years. You will be required to work with our hired@UCB team to secure your placement.

Guaranteed progression

Students who achieve 56 UCAS points or more from this qualification, will automatically be guaranteed a place on a degree course at University College Birmingham. Some undergraduate courses require additional entry requirements, so applicants are advised to check entry requirements before applying.

Key information

Teaching and assessment

Students who complete their T-level will receive a nationally recognised certificate which will show your overall grade and a breakdown of what you have achieved.

The T-level certificate will include:

  • An overall grade for the T-level, shown as pass, merit, distinction or distinction*
  • A separate grade for the core component, using A* to E
  • A separate grade for each occupational specialism, shown as pass, merit or distinction

It will also include confirmation that you have:

  • Met the minimum requirements for maths and English qualifications
  • Completed the industry placement
  • Met any additional mandatory requirements

The overall T-level grade will be worked out from the grades you achieve on the core component and the occupational specialism(s).

Core Component

The Core Component is 100% externally assessed. The assessment consists of:

  • Paper A written examination
  • Paper B written examination
  • Employer-set project

Occupational Specialism Component

The end-point assessment has 2 components:

  • A synoptic end-test covering the knowledge and skills gained throughout the on-programme stage and detailed in the standard
  • A portfolio and reflective discussion which will comprise a range of evidence produced in the workplace to show you have met the knowledge, skills and behaviours detailed in the standard. The reflective discussion will be a structured interview to examine this evidence and your learner journey in more detail

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024.


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Work placements

Work placements offer a wealth of benefits alongside your studies, helping you put your learning into practice, develop your skills and understanding of the workplace, boost your CV for your chosen career or enhance your UCAS application for higher education. Our hired@UCB team can help find the ideal placement for you.

Our accounting T-level course requires you to complete a minimum of 315 hours (approximately 45 days) on placement over the two years. Our employability tutors will visit you out on placement to ensure you gain the right practical skills.

T-levels are exciting new courses that will enable learners to gain both the academic knowledge and practical skills needed to progress to employment, higher education or apprenticeships. This T-level in Accounting is perfect for any learner interested in accounting and will allow you to move onto further study at University College Birmingham, with courses such as our Finance and Accounting degree.

Nav Ahmed Senior lecturer

Career opportunities

The example roles and salaries below are intended as a guide only.

Assistant accountant

Average Salary: £23,648

Finance assistant

Average Salary: £20,298

Purchase ledger clerk

Average Salary: £19,754

Accounts clerk

Average Salary: £18,926

Aspiring to a higher level career? Complete this course and you could progress onto our Finance and Accounting BSc (Hons)/FdSc course.


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